Dr Kate Carter is an architect. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where she was awarded the Richard Lay Fellowship in 2001 for her PhD in sustainability and social housing. She worked in architectural practice from 1990-1999.
Kate joined ESALA in 2011 and is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Technology and Environment. An early interest in climate responsive architecture has heavily influenced her research. She has led EPSRC and Government funded research in low energy design and the understanding of carbon emissions. Her interests include sustainable architecture, low carbon construction, and building information modelling. She is leading a collaborative project, ‘Learning Energy Systems’, involving Architecture, Informatics, Digital Design and Social Science in a project that explores innovative HCI approaches to managing energy use in school buildings
Kate chaired the 2012 review of Energy Standards for buildings on behalf of the Scottish Government and was a member of the reconvened Sullivan Panel, ‘A Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland’ in 2013. She led an EPSRC funded public engagement project, ‘concrete2cookers’ to help children understand how carbon emissions are linked to their school buildings, creating an online game which is available for use in schools across the UK. This project was launched at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in 2009.
Kate teaches in the Masters and undergraduate architecture programmes. She is a course leader for Architectural Technology Research and Technology and Environment Principles. She also contributes to professional practice courses and design studios.